The early line favorite is worthy in that he is undefeated in two starts, comes up to today’s nine furlongs off graduating distances, is learning to distribute his energy more effectively and goes first-time Lasix for Jimmy Jerkens off a six-week break. With a strong performance, Centennial Farms could have two Belmont colts; this one and Barbaro Stakes winner Chelokee.
Fearless Vision was beaten a neck by Vitruvius but is much improved since the blinkers were removed. He has continued to train purposefully for trainer Pat Reynolds and the switch to Garrett Gomez should suit his stalking style. Second in his only nine furlong appearance, he was an open lengths winner of his Gulfstream finale at a flat mile. The Peter Pan is also a one-turn route.
But the horse on the come is Sightseeing, who finished well for second behind Nobiz Like Shobiz is the Grade 1 Wood Memorial last time out. Both lifetime starts at nine furlongs have been first-rate and the conservative Shug McGaughey gave him time to develop. Besides, the Phipps family cherish the Belmont Stakes and Travers above all for their best sophomores.
According to McGaughey, the colt has gotten bigger, stronger and has the work-line to prove it off the six-week break. His last performance figure was a breakthrough effort and he should be set to run back to it. He owns a strong late kick, gets a favorable pace scenario and reunites with Edgar Prado. He certainly is the value play at early line odds.
Wagering on Sightseeing to win at 5-2 or greater, boxing him first and second in exactas with Fearless Vision and Vitruvius, and will use underrated longshot Sir Whimsey (15-1) third only in trifectas.
Running Totals (26) 10-7-7. ROI: $63.20 (based on win choice only)